About the Founder
My name is Vik. I was the proud owner of Quincy, a lovable Newfoundland. It is because of Quincy that I designed a range of harnesses and launched Quincysdogs as a company.
In 2003 Quincy, at the age of two, had to have his right hind leg amputated. I wanted to give Quincy the best possible chance to adapt to life with only three legs – a real challenge for any dog, but more so for such a large dog.
I built a dog hydrotherapy swimming pool for Quincy as I knew hydrotherapy would be an excellent way to build his muscles and to improve his balance. It worked wonders and Quincy led an active life up to his death in 2013 aged 12. In his later years, he also tested the harness and the harness certainly made the my life a lot easier when it came to walks and lifting in and out of the car etc...
Having rehabilitated Quincy, I wanted to help other dogs. Since 2004, I have been doing hydrotherapy free of charge for a number of animal charities including the RSPCA and Battersea Dog’s Home. Doing free swims brings in lots of customers and an immense amount of experience is gained.
By 2010 I had swum a large number of dogs with various conditions. One especially bad condition is something known as CDRM. This is truly and awful degenerative disease that eventually leads to complete paralysis of the back legs. Unfortunately, it is very common in German Shepherds, Boxers and a few other breeds. It was always explained in advance to the owners that although the hydrotherapy was worthwhile, sadly, in reality it could only slow down the progression of the CDRM.
One day in October 2010 I was swimming a friend’s German Shepherd who suffered this CDRM. It was that day that the idea of the Quincys mobility harness came to me. I could design a harness for a dog that would also attach to their owner. The owner could then use their own body to take some weight off their dog enabling the dog to walk for much longer and so help towards rebuilding wasted muscles.
Over the next year (with the help of some designers), I created and tested various prototypes which lead to the final design of the Quincys canine rehabilitation mobility harnesses that you see today. Although inspired by this special dog, the mobility harness is perfect for a wide range of conditions and injuries in dogs including: cruciate ligament injuries, hip and elbow dysplasia, spinal conditions, arthritis and general old age. From there,more products evolved and were tested by vets and my clients from the swims. Finally, Quincydogs was launched in 2021.